Utilization of Bicycle Break Energy

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GRØN DYST 2014 Technical University of Denmark

Utilization of Bicycle Break Energy
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Author:A.B. Lassen (DTU Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
F. Jacobsen (DTU Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
K. Runge (DTU Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
N. Skov (DTU Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
P.A. Rasmussen (DTU Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
S.H. Spangsdorf (DTU Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
Date: 2014-06-27     Track: Main     Session: 1

With increasing focus on the environmental issues of our planet, the beneficial ways of bicycle transportation has never been more topical. Especially in flat European countries like Denmark and Holland, the bicycle is very applicable for trips both of short distances as well as longer distances like 10 kilometers or even 20 kilometers. In the search of making the bicycle an even more attractive alternative to the car for transportation, this project seeks to find a way to store the energy used for braking when stopping the bicycle, and utilize this energy when starting again. The solution should be entirely or almost entirely mechanical, as mechanical solutions tend to be favorable when it comes to implementation, maintenance, and so on.